CISA adds Ivanti and Microsoft SharePoint bugs to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalog

Pierluigi Paganini January 11, 2024

U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) adds Ivanti Connect Secure and Microsoft SharePoint bugs to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalog.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) added an Ivanti Connect Secure and Policy Secure flaws, tracked as CVE-2024-21887 and CVE-2023-46805, and Microsoft SharePoint Server flaw CVE-2023-29357 to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities (KEV) catalog.

Software firm Ivanti reported that threat actors are exploiting two zero-day vulnerabilities (CVE-2023-46805, CVE-2024-21887) in Connect Secure (ICS) and Policy Secure to remotely execute arbitrary commands on targeted gateways.

The flaw CVE-2023-46805 (CVSS score 8.2) is an Authentication Bypass issue that resides in the web component of Ivanti ICS 9.x, 22.x and Ivanti Policy Secure. A remote attacker can trigger the vulnerability to access restricted resources by bypassing control checks.

The second flaw, tracked as CVE-2024-21887 (CVSS score 9.1) is a command injection vulnerability in web components of Ivanti Connect Secure (9.x, 22.x) and Ivanti Policy Secure. An authenticated administrator can exploit the issue by sending specially crafted requests and execute arbitrary commands on the appliance.

An attacker can chain the two flaws to send specially crafted requests to unpatched systems and execute arbitrary commands. 

“If CVE-2024-21887 is used in conjunction with CVE-2023-46805, exploitation does not require authentication and enables a threat actor to craft malicious requests and execute arbitrary commands on the system.” reads the advisory published by Ivanti.

The company is providing mitigation and confirmed it is working on the development of a security patch.

The final patches will be available within 19 February.

Volexity researchers observed threat actors actively exploiting the two zero-days in the wild. In December 2023, Volexity investigated an attack where an attacker exploited the flaws to place webshells on multiple internal and external-facing web servers.

The third issue added to the CISA KEV Catalog is the Microsoft SharePoint Server Privilege Escalation issue CVE-2023-29357.

An unauthenticated attacker, who has gained access to spoofed JWT authentication tokens, can exploit the flaw to use them for executing a network attack. This attack bypasses authentication, enabling the attacker to gain administrator privileges.

According to Binding Operational Directive (BOD) 22-01: Reducing the Significant Risk of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities, FCEB agencies have to address the identified vulnerabilities by the due date to protect their networks against attacks exploiting the flaws in the catalog.

Experts recommend also private organizations review the Catalog and address the vulnerabilities in their infrastructure.

CISA orders federal agencies to fix this vulnerability by January 31, 2024.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, CISA)

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